Plant name: Prairie dropseed
Botanical name: Sporobolus heterolepis
Virtues: Undemanding and highly ornamental. Works as a groundcover or an accent. Late-season interest.
Flower: Appear in late summer. Pinkish brown and fragrant.
Foliage: Fine, emerald green, 20 inches long. Turns golden in fall, brze in winter.
Habit: Clump-forming, mounding perennial grass
Season: Summer through fall
Origin: Canada to Texas
Cultivation: Grow this low-maintenance ornamental grass in full sun and well-drained average soil. Tolerates range of soils, including clay. Requires low to moderate water and tolerates drought. USDA Zones 3–9.
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